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Slow Cooker Christmas Ham Recipe is a great way to cook your holiday ham with a delicious brown sugar glaze.

Cooked Spiral Ham on a platter with a rosemary sprig on the side
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Being a mom of 8, I always host our holiday meal. Slow Cooking Christmas ham saves me time and oven space because the slow cooker does all the work. The ham comes out juicy and full of flavor.

The simple ingredient brown sugar glaze take your spiral ham to the next level. Add your favorite Side Dish Recipes, for a delicious and complete holiday meal. Other holiday ham recipes you must try is Crock Pot Spiral Ham or Honey Baked Ham.

What Kind of Ham Works Best:

This recipe works great with any type of ham. The hams that you buy at the grocery stores are fully cooked ham but make sure to read the label. We have made this recipe with boneless ham, bone-in ham and a smoked ham.

Our favorite crockpot ham is the Spiral Ham because of the flavor and how juicy it cooks and how tender it is. Not only do I make this ham for Christmas, but I have even made it for Thanksgiving and our Easter Dinner.

Ingredients: 

Ingredients needed - spiral cut ham, rosemary sprigs, butter, brown sugar, honey, Dijon Mustard, Cinnamon, Cloves, Garlic
  • Spiral Cut Ham (8-10 pounds, fully cooked) 
  • Fresh Rosemary Sprigs 

For the Glaze: 

  • Butter 
  • Brown Sugar
  • Honey 
  • Dijon Mustard 
  • Ground Cinnamon 
  • Ground Cloves 
  • Minced Garlic 

For the full list of ingredients and recipe, scroll to the bottom to see the recipe card.

Variations Ideas:

  • Glaze – Feel free to change the ingredients for the sweet glaze to what you prefer. Substitute the honey for maple syrup, add in pineapple juice or apple cider for amazing flavor.

Step by Step Instructions: 

Heating the glaze ingredients in the saucepan

Step 1 – Mix together all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan.  Whisk together and heat on low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved (whisking constantly).  

Pouring the glaze over the top of the ham in the slow cooker

Step 2 – Unwrap the ham and discard any glaze packets that came with the ham. Place the ham flat side down in a slow cooker.  Pour the glaze over the top.

Spreading the glaze over the ham in the slow cooker

Step 3 – Then use a basting brush to make sure that the glaze gets in between the layers of the ham in the crock pot. 

Topping the ham with Rosemary Springs

Step 4 – Add the Rosemary springs to the crock pot. Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours. Baste the ham from any juice that cooked down to the bottom of the crock pot. Remove ham from crock pot, slice and serve.

Recipe Tips:

  • Covering Ham – If you are unable to close the lid on your slow cooker, cover the top with foil then put lid on top.
  • Glaze – Before pouring the glaze over the top of the ham, we recommend heating in a sauce pan. This allows the glaze to combine thoroughly.
  • Basting Ham – To keep the ham from drying out, we recommend basting ham with the liquid throughout the cooking process.
  • Cutting Ham – If using a spiral ham it already pre-cut. You may still need to use a knife to finish cutting the layers and to cut into pieces to serve.
Cooked Spiral Ham in the crockpot with a rosemary sprig on the side

Serving Suggestions:

This slow cooker ham recipe is delicious served with your favorite side dishes. We also serve with a side of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and homemade rolls.

We have even used leftover ham with these recipes for a great way to use the ham in another meal.

Cooked Spiral Ham on a platter with a rosemary sprig on the side

Frequently Asked Questions:

What Size of Ham?

The size of ham will depend on the number of people you are feeding. We usually plan on about ½ pound of ham per person and that usually gives us leftovers.

How Long Does it Take to Cook:

Cooking time will vary based on your slow cooker and the size of ham you buy. Ham in the slow cooker is usually ready in about 4 hours. Make sure to baste it throughout the cooking process to keep the crock pot Christmas ham from drying out.

How to Store and Reheat Leftovers:

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days. Reheat the leftovers in the oven or microwave depending on how much you have left.

Can I Freeze?

Yes, you can freeze crock pot ham. One the ham has cooled to room temperature, place in a freezer bag or an airtight container. It will stay fresh for up to 3 months.

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Crock Pot Christmas Ham

5 from 2 votes
Make this Slow Cooker Christmas Ham Recipe this year for the holidays. Easy to make and tastes amazing with a Brown Sugar Glaze
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Servings 10
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 1102

Ingredients

  • 1 Spiral Cut Ham 8-10 pounds, fully cooked
  • 2 Fresh Rosemary Sprigs

For the Glaze:

Instructions

  • Mix together all the glaze ingredients in a small saucepan.  Whisk together and heat on low heat until the sugar is fully dissolved (whisking constantly).
  • Unwrap the ham and discard any seasoning packets that came with the ham.
  • Place the ham flat side down in a slow cooker.  Pour the glaze over the top and use a basting brush to make sure that the glaze gets in between the layers of the ham in the crock pot.
  • Add the Rosemary springs to the crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours.
  • Baste the ham from any juice that cooked down to the bottom of the crock pot.
  • Carefully remove the ham from the crock pot.  Cut the ham and then it’s ready to serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Refrigerate the leftovers in an airtight container for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 1102kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 79g, Fat 70g, Saturated Fat 28g, Polyunsaturated Fat 7g, Monounsaturated Fat 31g, Trans Fat 0.4g, Cholesterol 249mg, Sodium 4421mg, Potassium 1088mg, Fiber 0.3g, Sugar 35g, Vitamin A 286IU, Vitamin C 0.4mg, Calcium 52mg, Iron 3mg

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